Celebrate Bengali culture and people through storytelling, community building and discourse in order to further empower the diaspora.
COO, Chief of Staff
Noshin Khan oversees operations at BoNY. As Chief of Staff, she helps coordinate and motivate all of BoNY's team members to produce the amazing content that it does. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University with a minor in Neuroscience. Noshin now attends Harvard University for her Master's degree in Architecture. She strongly believes that the art of storytelling can inspire and energize others in the Bengali-American community. Noshin hopes to empower women through her own work in male-dominated fields. On her free time, Noshin likes to sing, play guitar, watch rom coms, and try new food joints in the best city in the world.
International Ambassador - UK
Diba Choudhury is our UK ambassador for BoNY, expanding our reach beyond New York and introducing Bengali talent from across the Atlantic. The British-Bengali culture adds to the diversity that is displayed and represented on the BoNY platform. She also works with event co-ordination in NY and hoping to recreate the same in the UK.
Director of Storytelling
Hamida Chumpa joined BoNY in 2018 inspired to highlight the voices in the Bengali community that are oftentimes neglected. She is passionate in civic engagement and women empowerment. Hamida has been involved in curating various social media posts as well as editing the narratives of those who are featured. She believes storytelling is the key to dismantle ignorance derived from stereotypes and broaden people’s cultural awareness. Outside of BoNY, she is an undergraduate student studying Public Health at Baruch College. In her free time, she enjoys painting, writing, and creating weird food combinations.
Special Events Coordinator
Ameera joined BoNY in 2020 because she loved how mission driven the organization was. Ameera is a special events coordinator at BoNY working on the TEDx event. She also helps manage the LinkedIn and BoNY diaspora pages. In her free time, Ameera enjoys reading, traveling and most of all eating and curating food tours around New York City!
Pushpita joined BoNY in 2020 as one of the translators. Currently Pushpita is attending Baruch College, majoring in finance with minors in natural science and economics. Growing up as an immigrant in New York, Pushpita was inspired by the work that was curated by BoNY. Pushpita loved that the platform narrated the stories of many immigrants that grew up in the same area as she did. Learning how to read and write bengali through her community in New York, Pushpita joined BoNY as a translator with the hope that she can help spread the stories of many other individuals that can inspire and empower people.
Labiba Ali is a New York based Bangladeshi historian, writer and designer. Born in Indonesia, she grew up in multisensory Bangladesh surrounded by rickshaw art, Nakshi Kantha embroidery and Tagore’s poetry. In 1999 she moved to the US for college. For many years she edited a blogzine on Bangladeshi art, culture and history. Labiba has an MA in South Asian Studies from Columbia University where her thesis looked at Dress and Muslim Identity in medieval Bengal. She has lectured and taught classes in the art and history of South Asia and the Islamic World.
FB Manager / Graphics Team Member
Farahin is from New Jersey, but born in Canada, and has lived in New York and Bangladesh. She loves to explore, meet and learn about new people, and play music - she has recently picked up the ukulele.
Project Manager /Special Events Coordinator
Shamma joined BoNY in 2020 in hopes of connecting with her cultural background and identity. Currently, Shamma is one of the special events coordinators at BoNY working on an upcoming TEDx event and spends her time answering our Instagram inbox by engaging with members of our community. Ultimately, she hopes to use these same interpersonal skills that she has developed through her time at BoNY to empower members of the Bengali-Immigrant community as a future professional. In her free time, Shamma also loves to draw and rewatch episodes of White Collar.
Badhon Tithi is a first generation immigrant, living in New York. She is our Instagram manager, who posts and curates our content daily! She is currently studying Mechanical Engineering, aspiring to work in the Aerospace Industry. Badhon is very passionate in creating a equal space for women in STEM based fields and hopes that someday, she can create that for all the young women out there!
Ava Ikbal is our Marketing Lead for BoNY, having joined the team in 2020. She is hoping to use marketing skills for social network growth on multiple platforms to expand BoNY’s reach. She will also be providing marketing services for BoNY’s clients including, but not limited to, individualized strategy sessions. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in International Affairs from Seton Hall University and currently works at UNICEF. Ava hopes to inspire others to use social media platforms to educate and inspire on South Asian topics, especially surrounding the Bengali-American community. In her free time, she likes to grab dinner with friends, cook new recipes, tend to her many plants, and watch Netflix.
Twitter Manager / Graphics Team Member
Naurin Islam is the current Twitter manager and Graphics Team Member of BoNY. She's in charge of creating the Bangladesh Cities and Bangladesh's Indigenous Tribes Threads on Twitter and Instagram. Naurin received her Bachelor's in Political Science from Stony Brook University, and a Master's in Global Affairs from New York University. She hopes to use her experiences in the international development and human rights field to expand people's perspectives of the Bengali diaspora in New York. In her free time, Naurin likes to draw, which she sells and does commissions for those who are interested.
Sadia Noor Joya
Writer / Translator
Sadia came to the United States in 2019 and since then she has been in a quest of ways to be a part of the Bengali community present here. Her home district is Bikrampur; however, she was raised in Narayanganj and finished her high school in 2019 from Changes (An English Medium School). After she discovered her writing urges on the Canadian app, Wattpad and British website, The Student Room; and translating thirsts from TED talks, she knew it would be totally apt to join BoNY to reach out to the greater audience of the Bengali diaspora.
Graphics Team Member
Lubna is so excited, and honoured to be a part of such an amazing team! She is one of the graphic artists and has created some of the graphics on the BoNY Instagram page. She has a BFA in Animation and is always involved in creative projects. Apart from art and design you can find her singing or with her nose stuck in a book! She is excited to see where BoNY goes this year!
Nisha Miah joined BONY in 2020 bringing in her passion for public speaking and focused her attention on working to uplift the voices of those in our community that is truly aiming to make a difference and pushing for advocacy on issues or topics that conventionally are not recognized. Outside of hosting podcasts for the team, Nisha spends the majority of her time in college where she is pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Computer Science.
Kamrul Khan started BoNY as a passion project to highlight the entrepreneurial journeys of Bengali Street Vendors in New York. Since then, BoNY has grown in to so much more. Kamrul hosts the weekly BoNY Podcast and tries to keep up with everything else BoNY has going on.